Check out our breakdown of the post-fight bonuses from UFC Fight Night: Manuwa vs. Anderson in London, England. We tell you who won, who didn’t, and why.
The O2 Arena in London, England, was home to an emotional night of fights, with three (T)KOs, one submission, and seven decisions, including three split decisions. Here’s our breakdown of the bonus winning performances.
Performances of the Night: Marc Diakiese, Gunnar Nelson, Marlon Vera and Jimi Manuwa
Marc “Bonecrusher” Diakiese is an incredibly exciting, undefeated prospect from England, and he is a fighter who actually embodies the explosive and athletic label. Whether it’s his ridiculous spinning kicks, his capoeira celebrations or just his lightning-quick punches, everything this kid does is both sharp and fluid.
Teemu Packalen is no joke, and he’s a prospect in his own right, but Diakiese put him away without any trouble at all in London. Bonecrusher landed spinning back kicks to the body at will, and then absolutely starched the Finn with a pinpoint right hand on the button that earned him a win and a $50,000 bonus.
Gunnar Nelson is a different kind of cat. He’s a philosopher who kicks people in the head. A kid from Iceland who was rolling with adults when he was 14, and earned his black belt from Renzo Gracie while still in his teens. From there, he took the MMA world by storm, all while cutting basically no weight. Tonight, the stoic Iceman from Iceland showed why he’s been seen as a top prospect for so long, with a great performance capped off by a headkick-into-guillotine combo in the second round that got him a win and “50 g’s, baby,” to quote his teammate, Conor McGregor. MANSHARK!!
The “Poster Boy” came out and made a statement tonight against Corey Anderson. Manuwa managed to stuff Anderson’s takedown attempts, and then wobbled the American with a tight left hook on the button. I do wonder if this fight may have been different if Anderson was still Beastin’ 25/8, but as it is, England’s Manuwa got the win and the $50,000 bonus.
Marlon Vera took part in the most emotional fight of the night, taking on beloved veteran Brad Pickett in Pickett’s hometown of London. He won with a beautiful head kick, but it was his emotional post-fight interview that really stood out. The Ecuadorian prospect had tears in his eyes as he recounted watching Pickett fight in his youth and wished the veteran well in his retirement. It was a touching moment, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the place. Vera walked away with the $50k performance of the night bonus, and a legion of new fans touched by his empathy.
Fight of the Night: Fight of the Night was not medically cleared to be awarded.